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Ecobrick Workshop In Jogja

Posted on March 2, 2016 at 1:40pm by russs.net Comments Off
Ecobrick Workshop In Jogja

“I’ve been saving my silver plastic for years. I didn’t want it to end up in the lingkungan/environment,” said Ibu Titi from Perum Candi Gebang Permai. Yesterday, the women of bank sampah Sawo Kecik, Sleman invited us to introduce ecobricking. A full house of participants showed up. The women (and a few men) were keen to pack.

 

These women […]

Who’s that white guy talking Trash?

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 3:25pm by russs.net Comments Off
Who’s that white guy talking Trash?

Who’s that white guy, dressed up Balinese and talking trash?!

Well… let me explain! My Balinese colleagues, Pak Sutama Agung and Pak Ngurah dressed up in matching Sarongs today to present Ecobricks to the seniors, local government and bank sampah members of Sibangkaja village. We were assisted by the pro ecobricking students of SMP3.

The fashion message? That care for the environment […]

Another School, A New Approach…

Posted on February 24, 2016 at 9:38pm by russs.net Comments Off
Another School, A New Approach…

Yesterday, we got another school ecobricking in Bali.  We were invited by one of the head teachers, pak Nyoman from SMK (junior Highschool) Abiensemal.  62 students crowded into a classroom with their bottles, plastic, and sticks, keen to learn.

I was honoured to do the presentation with my two Balinese colleagues pak Ngurah and pak Agung– each of whom are (incredibly) […]

Happy Indonesian National Trash Care Day

Posted on February 21, 2016 at 8:20pm by russs.net Comments Off
Happy Indonesian National Trash Care Day

Today is Hari Peduli Sampah Nasional, or “National Trash Care Day”, in Indonesia.  So, Ani and I went sightseeing to the Suwung dump.  Not every tourist to Bali goes here.  But all should.  This is where our “trash” goes– the vast detritus of modern day consumption on the island.

I’ve been meaning to go here for a while, to confirm some […]

Life Within the Walls

Posted on January 30, 2016 at 5:58pm by russs.net Comments Off
Life Within the Walls

So this is pretty cool…  Our glass bottle Maier-Dielman Modules are not just Life friendly, but Life enhancing!

We took apart a small structure that we built four weeks ago and had a surprise when we got down to the foundation layer of modules.  The grass was growing inside the modules!  In the space between bottles, grass and other plants […]

Latest Solar Pasiking Shipped

Posted on January 21, 2016 at 4:22pm by russs.net Comments Off
Latest Solar Pasiking Shipped

Hurray!  A year after my friend Jack’s order, we’ve finally shipped him his solar ‘pasiking’ backpack.  I am super grateful for Jack’s patience and trust– to make and finally get Jack his backpack is a triumph in logistics!   To make this bags means connecting with the weavers in a remote jungle village in the already remote Cordilleras region of […]

Great News for the Planet and Jogja, as Ecobricks Spread

Posted on January 21, 2016 at 4:07pm by russs.net Comments Off

Great news for the planet! And for Jogja, Jakarta. We had a magical moment with the women from Lintas Winongo Badran Jogja Bank Sampah that will have far reaching consequences for the burning and dumping of plastic in the city.

We arrived in Badran on a loosely arranged invitation. We thought would be doing a 15 minute presentation to some […]

OpenCharger 6.0 Panels Printed

Posted on September 9, 2015 at 3:21pm by russs.net Comments Off
OpenCharger 6.0 Panels Printed

I am excited. Our version 6.0 OpenCharger panels are hot off the press in Schenzen. I’ve been working on these babies for the last two years. They are compatible with bamboo, old CDs, and don’t require soldering. Plus they allow indefinite power scalability by joining one panel to another into mandalic matrixes. We’ll be using these babies to moblize small […]

Calling for Riders of the New Wave!

Posted on July 25, 2015 at 8:57pm by russs.net Comments Off

Our version 2.0 solar bamboo bike is complete!  While working hard on it the last month our team has mined the essential insights on how to make it better.  We are now ready to make our first production run.  If I can get 10 orders, we can bring the price down to 1000$US– a spectacular price for a super unique, […]

OpenCharger Solar Organic Backpack

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 2:16pm by russs.net Comments Off

Our latest organic solar backpack is ready to ship!  Our amazing duo of high-powered women makers in Mt. Province, Philippines has been working hard to get this Pasiking (that is the Igorot name for their ancestral backpack) done… right. 

To pull together this most unique and unlikely confluence of “high” and “low” tech has required working with mountain-top weavers, solar […]